Vol. 18, No. 21, NOVEMBER 21, 2005:
The Friday Program: The Bird Flu ­ Will it Fly? | Raffle Is A Winner | Foundation Month Comes to a Close | Holiday Giving Projects | Student of the Month: Shane Wate | SAA Has Christmas Spirit | Anniversary Dinner Wrap-Up | New Member Proposed: Mitch Freedman | Friday Potpourri | Wanted: Computers for Slovakia | Checking in With the Fellowship Committee| Web Fun


The Bird Flu ­ Will it Fly?


x1121HayesMadeline Gauthier introduced Dr. Maxine Hayes, Washington State Health Officer, whose job is parallel to the Surgeon General at the national level. “In August, I was invited to speak on today’s subject before Seattle #4 Rotary, and I will have spoken to over 40 Rotary clubs before the end of the year. In fact, I have a speaking engagement this noon hour at the Rotary Club of Covington.”

The threat that the Avian Flu will become the world’s next pandemic is a “real and present danger.”


Raffle Is A Winner

x1121WalcottWith a final, final accounting yet to be accounted for, the BBRC 2005 Raffle is ramping up to be the best ever in the club’s history. President-Elect Jim Zidar was ecstatic about the club’s achievement. “With 103 members participating, the club has deposited $112,000 in the Raffle coffers, with the final report yet to come. I’m just delighted at what we accomplished!”

And, well he should be. Competition was tight for the teams in the “League of their Own,” with each of the ten squads being led by ten of our loveliest members. The National League captured 53% of the runs, leaving the American League running up at 47%. Mary Bell’s “Hells Bells” topped the list with $13,360 and Mary herself taking the MVP title with $6000. Top American League team was Wendi Fischer’s “Giggling Marlins,” who giggled themselves to $12,667.

The honor roll of achievers included a list of $2000 contributors ­ an amount never before reach by so many. Jim Gordon, Alex Rule, John Martinka, Paul Martin and Peter Powell each had $2000 or more for the Nationals; Chuck Kimbrough also topped $2000 for the Americans.

Zidar pointed out that the number of members cracking the $1500 barrier was a record:

Steve Lingenbrink, Norm Johnson, Phil Salvatori, Chuck Barnes, Colly Radford, and Jim Zidar each topped $1500 or better.

The group from $1000 to $1500 included Jenny Andrews, Robin Callan, Kevin Jewell, Ruben Ladlad, Rick McManus, Jim Owens, Steve Bender, Doug Cameron, Howard Johnson, Terry Peterson, Jeff Cashman, Andrew Face, Steve Luplow, Tom Miller, Zul Alibhai, Carlene Buty, Chris Ballard, Don Chandler, Ron Healey, Tom Harrelson, John Mix, Evelyn Cogswell, Alan Forney, Sadru Kabani, Dick Clarke, Madeline Gauthier, Greg Hendershott, Jeff Maxwell, Chris Monger, Jay Powers, Kim Shrader, Jane Kuechle, Alan Bohling, Don Deasy, Jim Kindsvater, Tim Moriarty, Alan Pratt, Tom Smith, Kelly Nolan, John Smolke, LeeAnn Wood, Bill Brooks, Ted Ederer, Bob Holert, Rick Klobucher, Rourke O’Brien, Bill Spencer, Jim Young, Shelley Noble, Dick Brown, Steve Goldfarb, Cary Kopczynski, Bob McKorkle, Steve Roberts, and Peter Stadelman.

Two years ago, the Raffle netted $108,000, last year $106,000. A great effort by all concerned. Winning National league manager Curt Cummings is to be congratulated, just a tiny bit more than his counterpart, American League manager Nicholas Paget. And, of course, the coaches of each team performed ably. They were Jenny Andrews, Mary Bell, Margie Burnett, Carlene Buty, Evelyn Cogswell, Wendi Fischer, Jane Kuechle, Sayoko Kuwahara, Jane Nestler and Shelley Noble.


Foundation Month Comes to a Close

x1121BrownChandlerDon Chandler, Dick Brown, and Cary Kopczynski form three-fourths of the RI Foundation team (Deasy’s basking on the beach in Hawaii), and they rose to put a cap on this month’s effort to close out the club’s campaign of “Every Rotarian, Every Year.” Dick Brown noted that President Carl Wilhelm Stenhammar — in his Rotarian magazine column — liked the relationship between Rotary and its foundation as a family thing. “Rotary is the mother, the Foundation the daughter.” The committee is wishing to get all members committed prior to November 30th. Help them meet their goal by contacting any one of the trio.

Nick Paget and Fred Barkman both reached Paul Harris Fellowship status, which means they’ve contributed $1,000 each to the Foundation. They received the classy framed certificate noting their accomplishment.

Five members were awarded pins relating to their continued contributions to the RI Foundation. Adding a sapphire to their PH pins were Jim Zidar, John Mix, John Martinka and Dean Pollock. Rick Klobucher earned his Ruby award, which signifies him having earned six sapphires. It means $7,000 to the RI Foundation ... quite an accomplishment!


Holiday Giving Projects

x1121SalvatoriPhil Salvatori, with wife Connie, did a bang-up sales job at the Anniversary Dinner, with members taking a good share of the ornaments off the Giving Tree, but there are still a few ornaments remaining. If you don’t have one, you might give Phil a call to see how you can help. One hundred ten members of needy families will receive special gifts at Christmas because of your generosity. The deadline for bringing your gifts to the BBRC is Friday, December 9.

On another note, Phil is looking for a few members who didn’t sign his ornament sheet. In order for him to keep track of the gifts, he needs this information. These are the 5 ornaments that weren't signed for but which have hopefully been adopted by a fine BBRC Rotarian .

x1121ornament#45 Blanket -
Girl 8 Months - Unwrapped

x1121ornament5a#58 Soap Making Kit -
Girl 10 - Unwrapped

x1121ornament5b#80 Bath & Body Works Scent
"Moonlight Path" - Mom - Gift Wrapped

x1121ornament5c#86 Gold or Silver Jewelry -
Mom - Gift Wrapped

x1121ornament5e#106 Purse - Mom -
Gift Wrapped

Santa (and Phil Salvatori) will be extremely happy if the kind folks who have these gift ornaments would let him know.

x1121NolanNobleSteve Roberts helped to organize an outpouring of cash support for the annual Thanksgiving Basket project; $776 was collected Friday ... that’ll buy a lot of turkeys! Thanks for your continued support to the families in our area.

The Shelley (Noble) and Kelly (Nolan) Show featured a resurrection of a past holiday project by the BBRC ­ doing a stint as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Kelly is looking for Rotarians who could pull a 2-hour shift at Bellevue Square — using the patented Ding and Dong Silent Bells in the mall. Call Kelly to get involved.


Student of the Month: Shane Wate

x1121SOTMLarry May introduced Shane Wate, a senior at Eastside Catholic , as the November Student of the Month. Shane is a three-sport athlete who has logged 200 hours of community service during his high school career. He has also worked at a homeless shelter, and he plans to apply for admission to Notre Dame, where he will major in Business.

Greg Marsh, Eastside Catholic High School Principal, attended the recognition ceremony. Congratulations to Shane!


x1121SAA2SAA Has Christmas Spirit

Chris Ballard admitted that he was “in the spirit of the season, perhaps from lingering at the Thursday night social at Rock Bottom. Your wallet is safe today." Our Rat On A Rotarian program (ROAR) is still in force, so keep that intelligence coming. All members need to update their contact information on the website. There are some invalid phone numbers that need to be corrected. Please go to the web and correct your information. You have until the end of the year to protect your immunity from the Sergeant At Arms.


Anniversary Dinner Wrap-Up

x1121KuwaharaFellowship Chair Sayoko Kuwahara was commended once again for her orchestration of the highly successful 20th Anniversary dinner held November 11. Sayoko was posted overseas in Japan on business during the final two weeks leading up to the anniversary and only returned home the morning of the event. What she learned about this activity is that “delegation of authority is the spice of life and you can’t have a successful fellowship event without a strong fellowship committee!” She noted that the commemorative Anniversary picture frame given to all attendees is available on a first-come basis for $20.00 to those who did not attend in person.

Dick and Donna Clarke sent a message to the club, thanking us for honoring them at the Anniversary Dinner. Here’s their note:

November 20, 2005

Dear BBRC members:

We were quite surprised and taken with your recognition of our 20 year affiliation with the BBRC. Club members and spouses have always shown us so much support and fellowship over the past 20 years. We are most appreciative.

The flowers were so beautiful; the mop so useful. The Waterford clock has a special place on top of Dick's roll top desk where he can see it every day.

Thanks for the wonderful memories!

Dick and Donna Clarke

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Your Reveille Editor also received the following note from Dick Clarke, along with this lovely photo (right):

Dear Reveille Editor:

The members of the BBRC seem to think it quite humorous that I gave my new bride a MOP as a gift on our first wedding anniversary. 

Enclosed is a picture of us on our first anniversary (1953). As you can see, a MOP may have been quite appropriate.

Dick Clarke


New Member Proposed: Mitch Freedman

Mitch Freedman, proposed classification “CPA-Small Business,” has been approved for publication by the BBRC Board. Mitch has lived in Bellevue for 18 years and has been self-employed as a CPA since 1995. His principal activity includes financial planning for his clients and tax services. He formerly worked for Fleory & Company for eight years. Mitch is married to Cary, and they have two children. The family lives in Bellevue.

Mitch lists as hobbies “attending political town meetings” and reading. He enjoys bowling, golf and basketball. He lists as club memberships Samena Club, Board member of the Autism Society of Washington, SCORE, and Board member of Washington Parents for Safe Children.

Mitch is sponsored by Jim Owens, co-sponsored by Rourke O’Brien.

This is the first publication of this application. The second will appear next week in Reveille. Any comments or questions should be directed to Club Service II Director Tom Smith, (Ph 425-451-8036) no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2005.


Friday Potpourri

x1121FripotPresident Steve introduced Jim Owens to deliver the invocation, which became a eulogy to mark the passing of our former member, C. Ben Riva. “Last Friday (November 11) Ben Riva, a BBRC alumnus and friend, died at his home in Bellevue. He was the owner of Bellevue Copy Center, prior to his retirement in 1991. Ben’s cheery personality and fun-loving nature lifted the spirits of everyone around him. I fondly remember one Columbus Day, Ben (true to his Italian heritage) came to our meeting fully costumed as Christopher Columbus, sporting a strong Italian accent, playing an accordion and singing. At the end of the song, Ben pulled out a wine glass and filled it with red wine from a tube coming out of the accordion!

Ben was a skier, a sailor and a golfer. He was fun to ski with because he was older than I and I could beat him downhill! My Katie enjoyed cross country skiing with Ben’s Virginia, whom he called his 'trophy wife.'

As we approach Thanksgiving, let us all stand and give thanks silently for all the wonderful friends like Ben we’ve made through Rotary.

Chip Erickson greeted several visiting Rotarians. He asked them to commit whether the Cougs or the Huskies would win the Apple Cup the next day. As we all know, the Cougars scored in the last two minutes, to win by four points. Meanwhile, the Idaho Vandals gave up five touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make a close game a rout as the Boise State Broncos pulverized the ‘Ands, 70-35. It will take some time, but a new day is coming!



The Bird Flu ­ Will it Fly?


x1121Hayes2Madeline Gauthier introduced Dr. Maxine Hayes, Washington State Health Officer, whose job is parallel to the Surgeon General at the national level. “In August, I was invited to speak on today’s subject before Seattle #4 Rotary, and I will have spoken to over 40 Rotary clubs before the end of the year. In fact, I have a speaking engagement this noon hour at the Rotary Club of Covington.”

The threat that the Avian Flu will become the world’s next pandemic is a “real and present danger.” Dr. Hayes pointed out that:

• The threat is both serious and credible and may be imminent.

• It will be a global enterprise and that no preparation will be sufficient.

• People can prepare by preparing to defend against this flu for their families.

Dr. Hayes’ purpose is to alert citizens of Washington about the Bird Flu. “Infectious diseases are the number one killer in the world today. Here in the U.S., we are conditioned to depend on the power of medicine. The fact is, medicine can’t perform miracles. The ‘Mother of All Diseases’ is a pandemic. The simple fact is that bugs grow. And, there are more of them than there are of us.”

The Type A Bird flu feeds an epidemic that occurs at the same time around the world. That would define the word pandemic. “Bird Flu is found in wild, aquatic birds. These birds themselves are not ill, but what we’re seeing and fearing is that this virus is being passed on to domesticated birds ... specifically, chickens, ducks, and geese. So far, the spread of the virus is not efficient passing on to humans — yet.”

x1121Hayes3Dr. Hayes noted that a few cluster of humans have been infected and have died. “Our dilemma is that we haven’t seen this virus before. It’s completely new. All pandemics come from the same area of the world. Because of the large concentrations of people and animals living in proximity, Asia is the primary area where the bird flu could spread to other areas of the world. As far as humans getting the virus, the fact that people and animals live so close together, means that an incubation period is no longer than a plane flight away to other parts of the globe.”

Seasonal flu’s for which we inoculate our citizens kill 36,000 people a year in US. These outbreaks can occur at any time of the year. It is difficult to discern influenza-type illnesses until they get a foothold and spread. Dr. Hayes says that her office has determined that 6,000 people coming in each day at the area’s largest airports — Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland are flying from Asia. “Potentially, this could be the source of the initial spread of the disease. That’s where our first line of defense may be.”

History records several pandemics reaching our shores. “The 1918 outbreak killed at least 50 million people worldwide, 500,000 in the U.S. Two recent outbreaks were classed as pandemics — the 1957-58 Asian Flu which killed 70,000 Americans and the 1969 Hong Kong outbreak which killed 40,000 of our citizens.”

“The sobering truth is we will see casualties. Young and old are especially vulnerable.

The SARS epidemic of several years ago was not a pandemic. It was not as infectious, and although it spread rapidly, it was contained by public health agencies through quarantines and isolation.”

x1121Hayes4Dr. Hayes said that the “business community has an interest in this next pandemic. Of course, the work force will be affected. People will call in sick. The impact of the virus will be in lost productivity, of stockpiling supplies for each family who may come under quarantine. We can only imagine how to continue in case of a pandemic.”

The world is now on alert. It’s a situation of “Public health without borders. We are heavily monitoring to contain the virus. The health network is working. We are closely watching whether the disease rapidly spreads in domesticated poultry. One thing we CAN do is bring our population to optimum health. Katrina taught us that our populace is not universally healthy. At risk people should get their flu shots and pneumonia shots.

Dr. Hayes offered some simple instructions. Wash hands. Follow the rules of respiratory etiquette. Antibacterial jells work. Keep informed of what government is requiring. Become acquainted with the rules on isolation and quarantine. Don’t glorify people coming to work who are sick. You’ll find it all on the Public Health website at:

“Pandemic planning is a job for all of us. School boards, businesses, associations, law enforcement, fire departments, homes ­ we all have a stake in this, because Bugs Rule.

We can mitigate the impact if we remain alert and work together. That’s my message,” said Dr. Hayes. “Now, can someone tell me how to get to Covington?”

For her presentation, Dr. Hayes received a certificate noting that the BBRC has donated a book in her name to the King County Library System, in conjunction with Rotary’s project to promote literacy ­ worldwide.



x1121LeavesIt’s the first holiday of the fall/winter 2005 season ... that wonderful time called Thanksgiving! Please accept the best wishes of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s Board of Directors and Officers to you and your family for a day of reflection, of giving thanks and enjoying the fruits of the season. Happy Thanksgiving to all from the BBRC!



The next few weeks come in a rush, leaving only three regular meetings for personal member contact. Enjoy the holiday season, but don’t forget that our obligations continue and our bills must be paid. Please remember the BBRC in your bill-paying activity. If you haven’t paid your 2nd Quarter dues, please remit to BBRC, PO Box 3003, Bellevue, WA 98009-3003. You may also bring your check to the next three meetings, all in December ­ the 2nd, the 9th or the 16th. Or, you may ask the cashier to make your transaction with your credit card.


Remember, also, to keep your attendance up and use the handy form on the website to send in your make-ups. Thanks!



Albert Schweitzer said: “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”


Three members celebrate birthdays as the month of November winds down. President Lingenbrink officially celebrates his on November 23, despite the hullabaloo of the birthday song on November 11. Norm Johnson, our immediate past president, marks Tuesday, November 29 as his special day, followed by Jenny Andrews, wrapping up the month with a big celebration on November 30. Congrats to you all!


In addition to our charter members who celebrate November as their entry into Rotary, there are other fine Rotarians celebrating another milestone year in the world’s largest and finest service club.


Bob Moloney, 19 years

Steve White, 12 years

Steve Luplow, 8 years

Jim Kindsvater, 8 years

Sayoko Kuwahara, 4 years

Chip Erickson, 2 years



Terry Baker

Dick Brown

Doug Cameron

Don Chandler

Dick Clarke

Don Deasy

Jim Owens

John Smolke



Wanted: Computers for Slovakia

x1121computerJohn Martinka once again leads a team of students and Rotarians to Slovakia in February to distribute computers to schools that have none in the East European country of Slovakia. “I need more used computers, which we’ll refurbish in time for distribution early next year. Please call if you’re updating your computer (s). I’ll be happy to take care of your old machines!”


x1121garlandChecking in With the Fellowship Committee

Looking ahead a few weeks, the Fellowship bunch sponsors the annual Christmas Breakfast, and a headcount is needed for Glendale. Kindly let the committee (Sayoko) know you’re coming and how many guests will you bring. Kids 12 and older need to be part of the headcount. The Breakfast is set for Friday, December 16. A visit by Santa Claus will mean a nice gift for each small youngster.


The Fellowship Committee will also sponsor a Family Social Event on December 14. This is called the “Garden d-lites tour at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. It will be all lit up for Christmas and promises to be a wonderful event. You’ll need to sign up for this activity too.



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John Mix


Jim Kindsvater